The following Graduates have achieved success in their careers:
Jim Venable was a drummer and DJ when he started studying with Spud while in his early 20’s, and is now a prominent film composer. Among his credits are the scores for “Jersey Girl,” “Eurotrip,” “Scary Movie 3” and the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
Chase Jones is a partner in one of the most successful companies supplying music for animation. In addition he has composed music for incredibly popular shows such as “The PowerPuff Girls” and “Dexter’s Laboratory”, and Batman.
Dell Hake has been the lead orchestrator on the hit TV show “The Simpsons” for more than 19 years, and has also orchestrated many musicals.
David Blumberg, arranger at Motown for 11 years, did the Multi Grammy Awarded Ray Charles duets album (Genius Loves Company), worked on Round Midnight with Herbie Hancock, arranged “I Will Survive”, and was an arranger on American Idol for several seasons.
Steve Marston is an Emmy-winning television composer.
Paul Edwards — composer “Kitty Hawk: Journey of Invention”
Mary Ekler — recording artist “doctor” for Little Anthony, Glenn Yarborough and many others.
Tom Griep — successful Broadway pianist
Glenn Jordan — television composer
Kennard Ramsey — film and television composer
Dan Sawyer — composer for “101 Dalmations: The Series”
Craig Sharmat — composer for “America’s Most Wanted”
Mary Jane Tashiro — successful composer of chamber music, and soloist in Europe and South America
Tim Torrance — composer for Disney’s “Doug” animated series
Scott Page — performed with Duran Duran
Chuck Jonkey — ethno-musicologist, composer and record company executive